“This is a teachable moment for schools. Some are embracing this idea, while some are still struggling. We want kids to do the right thing and clearly this young man was trying to do the right thing by standing up in solidarity for his mother," McCarthy said.
However, McCarthy suggested that misunderstandings can be avoided if students inform their school of their intentions. The school and family can then work together to craft the proper tribute to a charity, cause or loved one, he said.
Thomson said the school met with Barker and his family and would provide an update of the situation.
“As of this AM representatives of the West Iron County Public Schools and the family of the West Iron athlete involved in the issue had a positive meeting this morning,” Thomson said.
Thomson wouldn’t discuss whether the situation had been resolved but did say that a joint press release from the school district and family would be issued on Tuesday.